The British Melting Pot

I recently ran across these books, mentioned on an interesting British Web site providing glimpses and glances at cookbooks published in Britain, cookbooks that we here in the US of A rarely see. Maybe it's my imagination, but it seems that the British cookbook market features more books concerned with other cultures and not so…

After Pizarro: Food in Colonial Peru and Today (Conclusion)

In Lima, a city more Spanish than perhaps any of the other seats of Spanish viceroyalties in the New World, the Spanish elite built huge mansions from the money raised by the tribute demanded of the natives and other less noble members of the society. Tribute usually consisted of the ubiquitous silver, but also included…

After Pizarro: Food in Colonial Peru and Today

In 1531, the world of the Inca of Peru changed forever. That year, Francisco Pizarro and his three brothers, from Estremadura, Spain, began their successful conquest of Peru. Not only did the Pizarros bring Spanish law, culture, and religion to the region later known as the Viceroyalty of Peru, which included all of South America…